Weekend Missions FAQ’s
Weekend Missions has regular trips scheduled approximately every 2 months. Dates are available on the website at http://weekendmission...
and the meetup calendar. Typical trip caravans depart from Weekend Mission HQ at 10am on the Friday of the trip and returns midday to late afternoon Sunday.Where?
Rocky Point, Mexico. From Phoenix, AZ the drive to Rocky Point is about 210 miles and takes about 5 hours after a stop or two. Information on the main meeting condo can be viewed at www.sonoran-spa-resort.com.Who?
You! Couples, singles, families are all welcome. We typically have a mix of young people, busy professionals, families, and retirees. Weekend Missions is a non-profit organization that welcomes people of all walks of lives to enjoy serving God and serving others. Reasonably good health is a must. We do ask that children under 8 do not attend. This recommendation is made for the benefit of all as many people sleep in close quarters, work days can become long for young ones, and meetings require attentive listening. Exceptions can be made on request. If you would like to bring young ones, please consider obtaining your families accommodations in a private room.How Much?
Adults: $129, Children (under 12) $62.50
Costs cover all meals and snacks Friday night through Saturday night, project materials, transportation, and lodging. We do not refund money if you get your own lodging or provide you own food. However, a credit of $30 for adults and $15 for children (under 12) is given if you provide transportation for yourself and others. Do I need additional money?
Bringing some additional money is encouraged. When traveling with the caravan, we typically stop at a fast food restaurant on the way to Rocky Point for lunch or snacks. In additional you may get the opportunity to explore dining or shopping with a group in Mexico.What is the trip itinerary (plan)?
Each trip provides a unique experience; therefore a visit to the trip itinerary section at http://weekendmission...
is encouraged. A quick view into a ‘typical’ trip would looks as follows:Friday:
10am – meet caravan at Weekend Mission HQ
3pm – arrive at Sonoran Spa in Rocky Point, Mexico
4pm – Trash ministry (a MUST for 1st time attendees!)
7pm – Group dinner and meeting at the Sonoran Spa main condo, 708E. Job assignment and T-shirt hand out take place at this meeting.
9pm – return to your accommodations for a good night’s rest Saturday:
7am – Breakfast, meeting, and encouraging words to get the day started right.
8am – Leave for your selected jobsite.
Lunch - You will take lunch, snacks, and drinks with you in the morning. You can have your lunch as you see fit.
4pm – Wrap up the jobsite and head in to clean up, pick up trash, enjoy a bible study or feed the poor. Many different opportunities take place Saturday evening; see itinerary for details.
Dinner depends on evening’s agenda. We will have dinner together at the condo or off site with the locals. Sunday:
9-11am - Church service at a local English speaking church. Again, check the itinerary as the start and church may vary.
Free day! Spend the afternoon shopping, swimming, or exploring. You are free to head home anytime. It is recommended to travel home with another car for safety. Border wait times into the United States vary during seasons. What should I bring? Clothing, tools, bedding?
Clothing: Please dress appropriately for the weekend, modesty is encouraged. Check www.weather.com to help you determine temperatures.
Friday: Think comfortable! The drive down Friday you will be in a vehicle for an extended amount of time. Friday dinner is very casual. Sometimes the evenings feel cooler than expected with the breeze off the ocean. Friday dinner is typically an outdoor experience.
Saturday: Think work-wear! We encourage you to purchase a Weekend Missions T-shirt to wear while on the jobsite. This allows us to be easily recognized and promotes the group cause. Be prepared to get dirty on Saturday! You may be painting, doing drywall, roofing, or be a part of another messy project.
Saturday evening: Think Relax! You may have time to shop, walk on the beach, swim, or explore local tourism areas. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you’d like to enjoy the ocean or heated pool. Again, dinner is casual and mainly outdoors, weather permitting. Sometimes we are in the local neighborhoods hosting a BBQ. If we have a BBQ you might just wear your days work clothes directly from the job site to the BBQ.
Sunday: Think Tourist! You are able to choose many options for your day. The group will attend a local English-speaking church, and then some will leave right after service while others may choose to shop, have lunch, and explore or enjoy the ocean experience!
Tools: Bringing basic tools is very helpful. We always accepted donations of tools, too!
Bedding: Plan for shared group sleeping arrangements. Bedding arrangements vary per trip. It’s best to plan for an outside co-ed floor sleeping experience.To Pack:
bed roll or air mattress
sheet (on humid trips)
modest sleep wear
consider ear plugs.
Often times groups of 20+ will share patio areas, weather permitting. Additional things to Pack:
Towel, swim suit, reading material, sunscreen, toiletries, and camera, PASSPORT or ID accepted at the border.What’s the weather like?
Weather varies during different seasons. Please check a website like www.weather.com for the most current conditions in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Expect some cool breezes off the ocean in cooler months and humidity in warmer months.Is alcohol or smoking allowed?
Consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking is banned in main meeting and group areas. The main group areas are the meeting condo at the Sonoran Spa, the restaurant and pool at the Sonoran Spa, any lodging provided by Weekend Missions, and any jobsite affiliated with Weekend Missions. It is not prohibited to consume alcohol or smoke outside of group situation; for example, if you choose to leave the group and go to dinner with your family. However, you may not rejoin the main group while intoxicated. As a rule, both drinking and smoking are discouraged.Are pets allowed?
No pets of any kind are permitted on the mission trip.How can I help? I don’t have specific skills.
There is definitely a great way for you to help! Please don’t think of what you CAN’T do! The trip is very diverse, from building and painting, to playing with the local kids and doing art projects. We need help cooking for the attendees, straightening the condo, doing trash ministry, etc. You name it! If you come with a heart to serve others, then you will be needed and appreciated.Do I need a passport?
To find out if you need a passport, visit the U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.g...
A passport is recommended at this time and new restrictions are frequently made as we move towards stronger passport requirements. Where will I sleep?
Accommodations are donated by individuals each trip, therefore sleeping arrangements charge each trip. Plan for shared group sleeping arrangements. Be prepared for an outside co-ed floor sleeping experience. Bring a sleeping bag, bed roll or air mattress, an additional sheet (on humid trips), pillow, modest sleep wear, and consider ear plugs. Often times groups of 20+ will share patio areas, weather permitting. When can I check in/ checkout?
Most donate accommodations are available from Thursday evening to Monday midday. If you would like to take advantage of these extended options, talk to a trip representative and we can get that worked out for you!Will my phone or computer work in Mexico?
Phone service in Rocky Point isn’t reliable. If you need service, talk to your provider before heading down. Sometimes a small additional monthly fee allows international service. Most phones without international service won’t work.
Internet access is available in different spots in Rocky Point. However, WiFi is not available at the condo at the Sonoran Spa. Someone should be able to guide you to an internet accessible place if necessary. BUT, if at all possible, we encourage you to leave as much of this behind and direct your attention connecting with God, others, and self.How Do I Get There?
The basic trip cost includes transportation. In most situations fellow attendees have open space in their vehicles to accommodate those in need of a ride. Most leave with the trip caravan at 10am Friday from the church parking lot. On occasion opportunities will be available to leave Thursday or later in the day Friday. If you have a request, please let us know and we will try to accommodate your needs. Groups of 3 or more are encouraged to drive their own car, but not required to do so.I am driving my own vehicle; what do I need to know?
You will need to get insurance for your vehicle, it is the law. Typical car insurance doesn’t cover you in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Contact your local insurance provider for a referral to a reputable international company, or online options are also available. Please have insurance and a full tank of gas when arriving to meet the caravan.